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Katherine A. High, M.D., to present 2013 American Society of Hematology E. Donnall Thomas Lecture
Date:8/1/2013

logy of the AAV viruses as relevant to vector design, dissection of the human immune response to vector and transgene proteins, development of predictive large animal models, and iterative careful and highly instructive clinical trials. Her more than 15 years of investigation regarding the feasibility of gene therapy for hemophilia has culminated in successful clinical studies utilizing AAV vector-mediated gene transfer for the treatment of hemophilia B.

Dr. High is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the William H. Bennett Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and an attending physician at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completed her Hematology fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. High was named as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in 2003 and is also an elected member of both the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She is a member and former Councillor of ASH, a former president of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, and a member of the International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis.

"Dr. High is unquestionably a leader in gene therapy and has made remarkable, ground-breaking contributions to the field, demonstrating creativity, determination, and the ability to overcome numerous obstacles," said ASH President Janis L. Abkowitz, MD, of the University of Washington. "Through her countless discoveries, Dr. High has transformed the notion of utilizing genetically engineered mechanisms for treatment of incurable inherited disorders from a distant vision to reality."


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